Deacons, Rockets stay unbeaten
Brydens Rockets and Deacons men faced varied challenges but remained unbeaten when the Cooperators General Insurance Volleyball Knockout Competition continued at the Wildey Gym on Wednesday night.
Deacons men gambled and almost lost to an under-strength Cawmere before squeaking home 25-19, 16-25, 25-17, 20-25, 15-12.
With Cawmere missing Caribbean Best Scorer Shawn Simpson and the honeymooning Richard Forde, Deacons opted to give their bench a run in the second set.
That gave veterans Cedric Proverbs, Raphael Lovell, and Gavin Brewster, along with the annoyingly loquacious Eadium Cobham, the chance to rally the game to a fifth set.
The psychological banter from Cobham, which was just as telling on Deacons’ fans, and the enigmatic play from Wendell Beckles looked like upsetting the retooled Deacons.
However, after an early close fight in the decider, Deacons broke away – thanks to the supporting play of libero Victor Griffith and the attack of Jamaal Nedd, Kyle Browne, high jumper Klode Thompson and Sheldon Roach – to take that set and the match to remain the only unbeaten men’s team.
CARIFTA Games high jumper Thompson won many fans in the Gym when he signed off the game with a massive throw down on an attempted tip from Cobham.
Thompson reached way into Cawmere’s airspace to smack down the ball to thunderous cheers.
In the face of strong attack by six-footer Rheann Niles and former national captain Anthazia Mason, Rockets duo of Shari Matthews and Anicia Wood held firm after losing the first set to defeat Warrens 20-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-15.
After taking the first set, Warrens faded from 15-5 in the second set to lose the next three sets.
Earlier TeleBarbados Sentry Brokers Deacons woke up from their sleepwalking 2012 season to tumble defending champions Freekz Customz Chargers to their second loss, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-13.
Chargers continued to struggle without the injured Dania Hamilton.
Toners won their first match of the season by keeping Plus Club United winless with a 25-16, 25-17, 25-14 victory.